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Japanese Aster Aster pekinensis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Japanese Aster:

Previously known as:

  • Kalimeris integrifolia
Phonetic Spelling
ASS-ter pee-keen-EN-sis
Description

Japanese Aster is a showy perennial in the daisy family (Asteraceae). The lavender-white flowers appear throughout the summer for a long season of color. It does well in average, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. It can be propagated by seeds or division.

Use this plant in small groupings, along walkways or in borders. Cut back in the fall or leave the seeds for the birds.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daisy Mae'
    Single white flowers
Tags:
#bees#white#butterflies#birds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#lavender#white flowers#wildlife plant#compact#nectar plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#food source#deer resistant#lavender flowers#borders#groups#humidity#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daisy Mae'
    Single white flowers
Tags:
#bees#white#butterflies#birds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#lavender#white flowers#wildlife plant#compact#nectar plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#food source#deer resistant#lavender flowers#borders#groups#humidity#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aster
    Species:
    pekinensis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. Siberia to N. Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Birds feast on the seeds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Brown achene obovoid, with 2-4 ribs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White to lavender daisy-like flowers with 19-29 ray florets and yellow disk floret centers appear throughout the summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The gray-green lance-shaped leaves have smooth margins with a prominent midvein and rounded or pointed apex.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect, solitary or branching from the middle.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity